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Dress Code Policy for Employees and Volunteers HR 310






Dress Code Policy for Employees and Volunteers:  HR 310

Adoption Date: October 24, 2011










This policy applies to all employees and volunteers within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.





The purpose of this policy is to provide an appropriate dress code for all employees and volunteers.


Policy Statement


Employees and volunteers are expected to serve as role models and community leaders for the students with whom they work.


As members of the school community, employees and volunteers set a positive example for students in modelling appropriate dress. This is important in establishing and maintaining a respectful and safe working and learning environment in our schools and worksites.


Employees and volunteers are expected to dress in a manner consistent with the nature of work performed. The attire must be appropriate, clean, tidy and respectful. Good habits of grooming and personal hygiene are expected at all times.



Cross Reference


Respectful Working and Learning Environment Policy




This policy has been authorized by the Board under motion number....








It is the responsibility of the Director of Human Resource Services to ensure that this policy and its administrative procedures are implemented.






The Director of Human Resource Services or designate will implement the policy and administrative procedures.





1.0        The immediate supervisor is responsible for interpretation of application of the policy to the employees          or volunteers that report to him/her.


1.1        If the employee or volunteer is inappropriately dressed, a supervisor shall meet with the individual to reinforce the dress code requirements and appropriate attire.


1.2        A second or repeated violation of this policy by employees is to be reported to the Director of Human            Resource Services and may result in disciplinary action.


Associated Forms                                 




Policy Review              


This policy will be reviewed by Director of Human Resource Services and/or designate within three years from the authorization date.






Board Members

Policy Manual Holders
















Appropriate Attire – presenting a body image or wearing clothing which projects a professional image for our students, staff and community visitors.  Business casual dress is the usual standard for this dress code, however, some learning environments such as learning centres, gymnasiums, etc. may permit more casual attire (eg. scrubs. athletic wear)  In addition, some working environments such as maintenance, cleaning, transportation should wear clothing consistent with the nature of the work performed.


Inappropriate Attire – presenting a body image or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of the employee.
Examples of prohibited dress, appearance or adornment include, but are not limited to: 

clothes not in good repair,

exposed undergarments,

sagging pants,

excessively tight or short garments,

bare midriff shirts,

strapless shirts,

attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent, vulgar or that advertise a product or service not permitted by law to minors,

see-through clothing,

attire that exposes cleavage,

any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon,

and any symbols, styles or attire frequently associated with intimidation or violence.


Summer Attire – employees who work during the months of July and August may be permitted to wear more casual attire (eg. knee length shorts, wide strap tanks tops, etc) which should be clean, tidy and respectful.


Examples of appropriate and inappropriate attire


Slacks, Pants and Suit Pants


Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, dressy capris, and dress synthetic pants are acceptable.


Inappropriate slacks or pants include jeans**, sweatpants, exercise pants, short shorts, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking.
**Some sites may permit the wearing of jeans during casual day events which are fundraisers for charitable organizations.


Skirts, Dresses and Skirted Suits


Casual dresses and skirts as well as skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable.  Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public.


Short, tight skirts that ride halfway up the thigh are inappropriate for work.  Mini-skirts, skorts, sundresses, beach dresses and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate for the school/work environment.


Shirts, Tops, Blouses and Jackets


Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, and turtlenecks are acceptable attire for work.  Most suit jackets or sport jackets are also acceptable attire for the school/work environment, if they violate none of the listed guidelines.


Inappropriate attire for work includes tubetops; halter tops; midriff tops; shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans;;, sweatshirts as well as lowcut or backless tops or dresses.


Jewellry, Makeup, Perfume, and Cologne


Should be in good taste, with limited visible body piercing.  Remember that some employees/students are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes and make-up, so wear these substances with restraint.


Hats and Head Coverings


Hats are not appropriate in the school environment.  Head coverings that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed.



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